Lily James Has Been Linked to 2 "The Crown" Actors — See Her Dating History
Lily James is no stranger to starring in romantic movies, from projects like "Yesterday" to her latest "What's Love Got to Do With It." But when it comes to the actor's offscreen relationships, she's a little more private.
Back in 2015, James opened up about why she rarely speaks about her love life publicly. "In regards to your love life, you're just entering into a whole of pain if you talk about it," she explained to InStyle (via E! News). "If you've never said anything, there are no sound bites to haunt you when you're crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong."
Since stepping into the spotlight, James has only been publicly linked to a handful of handsome men in Hollywood, with her most-publicized relationship being her five-year romance with "The Crown" and "House of the Dragon" star Matt Smith. Sometime after that, the 34-year-old was linked to another "The Crown" actor, Dominic West, after the two were spotted getting cozy in 2020, but the latter was quick to shut down any rumors of them dating.
According to People, West and his wife, Catherine FitzGerald, read a joint public statement to press outside their London home in October 2020, also kissing and posing for photos to emphasize that their relationship still held up. "Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together. Thank you. Catherine and Dominic," they said.
In recent years, James has mostly played coy about any dating speculation involving her. In the actor's Harper's Bazaar UK November 2020 cover story, the publication noted that she wouldn't confirm or deny whether she was dating "Captain America" star Chris Evans at the time. Instead, James shared the romantic advice she'd give her younger self. "Don't be obsessed by boys!" she said. "Hang out with your girl mates. And don't take everything so seriously — be kind to yourself."
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James briefly dated the British actor in 2011, but they split a year later, according to Us Weekly. The couple attended a handful of events together, including the 2012 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final.
James's relationship with the "House of the Dragon" star is her most-publicized romance to date. The duo first met on the set of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" in 2014 and sparked relationship rumors shortly after. Although they made a number of appearances together over the years, they usually refrained from talking about each other in interviews.
After five years of dating, it was reported that the couple had split in December 2019. Even though they reunited for a walk in London in March 2020, per photos published by Us Weekly, it appears the two didn't reconcile their relationship.
In July 2020, James was briefly linked to the "Captain America" and "Ghosted" actor. The pair looked pretty cozy during a handful of outings together in London, but they never confirmed any dating rumors.
James was briefly linked to the "The Crown" actor after the Daily Mail published photos of the two looking pretty cozy while hanging out in Rome on Oct. 12, 2020. West and his wife shut down dating speculation at the time, and James later declined to speak on the rumors in a May 2021 interview with The Guardian. "Ach, I'm not really willing to talk about that," she said. "There is a lot to say, but not now, I'm afraid."
James was last linked to the musician and Queens of the Stone Age bass player, with whom she sparked dating rumors in February 2021 after they were spotted kissing outside a hotel in Suffolk, England, People previously reported. It's unclear when exactly the two started dating officially, but they were photographed together on the 2022 Oscars red carpet. The pair were together for two years before their breakup was reported in February 2023, as a source told The Sun, "They just couldn't make it work as a couple, but they both wish each other the best for the future."